Congratulations are in order to the following people and organizations which appeared in The Newton Kansan last week:

Steve Bayless, who serves as a Township Trustee for Halstead Township and was part of a Kansan report on what townships are and what they do.

Paul Brunson of H&R Block, who spoke with the Kansan about identity theft protection.

Jan Jones, director of Safehope, who will participate in activities in Topeka at the capitol to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Paul Vega of Newton, who won the Kansan's “Big Game” contest and took home a new television.

Newton Public Library, which announced a special puppet theater show for Valentine's Day.

Jesse Rose, a junior at Newton High School, who spearheaded an effort joined by his father Bobby, Sheriff Chad Gay, Newton Police Officer Stan Kurtz and Newton Police Officer Jon Adkins to purchase a letter jacket for junior wrestler Cyle Gautschi.

Randy Jordan, coach of Newton High School Girls' Basketball, who celebrated his 200th win.

Frank Davis, who recently opened “Warrior Game Stop,” a place for teens in Peabody.

Area Boy Scouts, who hosted and competed in the annual Pinewood Derby.

The Newton Convention and Tourism Bureau, which announced a food truck festival for April.

Dyck Arboretum, which announced Molly Tuttle as the next performer in the Prairie Window Concert Series.

St. Mary Catholic School, which hosted several events for Catholic Schools Week.

MCC Central States, which announced an event for volunteers to make infant care robes and kits.

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced the creation of “Find Chocolate in all the Local Places” for Valentine's Day.

Leadership Newton, which announced Wichita State President John Bardo will speak for the group's annual meeting.

Parents who attended a “Railer Roundtable” to ask questions about the future of schools in the USD 373 Newton School District.

Bethel College Alumni who joined the Alumni Choir to host a concert.

Eldon Clark, a photographer from near Minneapolis, who presented at Bethel College's Life Enrichment series.

Newton Public Library, which has started offering digital magazines.

The Harvey County Master Gardeners and Kansas State Research and Extension, which announced the dates of the 2017 home and garden show.

Aiden Mills and Brookelynn Entz of Newton High School, who each signed a letter of intent to play sports at Kansas State University.

Kade Remsberg of Newton High School, who committed to play football at the United States Air Force Academy.

Logan Treaster of Newton High School, who committed to wrestle at the United States Naval Academy.

Anthony Velasco, Jordan Singh and Caden Runyun of Newton High School who each signed letters of intent to play sports at Bethel College.

Emily Regier of Newton High School, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Pittsburg State University.

Kaily Harris of Newton High School, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Barton Community College.

Dawsyn Long and Celina Perez of Newton High School, who each signed a letter of intent to play softball at Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.

Taylor Stahly of Newton, who moved into second place on the women's all-time career three point shots made at Hutchinson Community College.

Hesston High School drama, which presented “West of Pecos.”

Connor Garcia, Logan Treaster, Brody Robinson, Brookelynn Entz, Katie Robu and Aneka Voth of Newton High School who were each named to the winter sports week homecoming court.

Darin Stephens and Grace Neal of Berean Academy, who were each selected for the Kansas Music Educator's Association State Band.

The Newton Area Women of the Year Advisory Committee, which announced the nomination period for 2017 is open.

Kauffman Museum of North Newton, which hosted a Kansas Day celebration.

Hesston Mennonite Church, which announced a concert series featuring the church organ.

Alex Carbajal of Newton, who purchased the local RE/MAX Associates.

Nathaniel Winkler, who recently opened “U Have 2 Have It” on Main Street, Newton.

Tracy Wedel, who became an agent for Todd Barnes State Farm.

Elizabeth Claassen, who was named director of nursing for the medical, surgical and critical care units of Newton Medical Center.